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and joint chiefs chairman general martin dempsey explained why the military couldn't do more to save the lives of ambassador chris stevens, sean smith, tyrone woods and glenn dougherty in benghazi on september 11. >> united states military, as i've said, is not and frankly should not be a 911 service capable of arriving on the scene within minutes to every possible contingency around the world. >> republican senators weren't satisfied. >> did you know how long the attack was going to last, secretary panetta? >> no idea. >> well, it could have lasted for two days. any airplane launched anywhere in the world before the attack was concluded? >> if you're talk being a aircraft, no, senator. >> your response, general dempsey, are very inadequate and in my opinion, the same kind of inadequacy for the security which you provided at that consulate. >> they wanted to know what the president knew and when he knew it. >> sew didn't ask you what ability we had in the area and what we could do? >> no. >> did you have any further communications with him that night? >> no. >> did he ever call you t
assistance to be rendered, at what point did he give that order. why did no one show up. general dempsey says the military respond appropriately. i will ask them what is an inappropriate response. the system failed. but the person i blame the most for benghazi is president obama. it's his foreign policy strategy that aloud this conflict to become a death trap. he's the one to share the blame above all others. martha: senator mccain poibtsd out the last two seals were killed in the final hour of a 7-hour siege. it makes the argument you can't respond to the second 911 call and they can't get there in time a little more complicated, doesn't it? >> it it's a system failure. when general dempsey says the d.o.d. responded appropriately. i think not. not one d.o.d. asset reached these people for over 7 hours. i just find it dumbfounding to believe that we could not provide any military assistance on 9/11 of all days. and given the history of the threat. reports out of libya and the terror situation. this is a system failure. no one is pressing the president. the mainstream media is giving the obama
hill along with general dempsey, joint chief of staff. there are live shots of the hearing on going. secretary panetta who is right next to him says the military pre pictures for all kinds of situations but there were no specific signs of an imminent aeu that being on the diplomatic mission in libya. he says there simply was not enough time to reach benghazi with enough fire power to prevent the murders of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. >> the inner agency response was timely and appropriate, but there simply was not enough time, given the speed of the attacks for armed u.s. military assets to have made a difference. jenna: national skhaourt correspondent jennifer given is live at the pentagon watching the hearing as it happens. what is the tenure of the hearing this morning? >> reporter: i think what is most interesting, jenna is as soon as democrats take to the questioning they bring up a totally unrelated element, they start asking the secretary about sequestration, about budget cuts. when the republicans are at the helm you have senator lindsey graham right
accompanied by the united states pershing zone army band. general martin dempsey spoke first and he will soon be followed by the president. all to honor the man whom on thursday senator barbara mackowski said was the one person as cia director who never jerked her around. this comes a day after john brennan, the man who hopes to be the next cia director, walked into a volatile confirmation hearing room full of protests and pointed questions over torture, ren dation, adition, a targeted killings in the war on proper. >> i think there's a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. >> mr. brennan took pointed questions from democrats and republicans alike. but it was the republicans most eager to press mr. brennan on areas other than policy. and on that count, mr. brennan not only parried, he pushed back. >> it is possible to put
.i.a. and to d.o.d. it takes me to the issue of cyber threat. both secretary panetta, general dempsey an we in your current role at the white house talked about the cyber threat. you were a big help to get the cyberlegislation passed. tell us what you think is the role of the c.i.a. in dealing with the cyber threat in the area of human intelligence or -- i mean with the c.i.a. you have a unique insight into it. we know what nsa does, we know what homeland security's supposed to do. tell us where you see the c.i.a. >> first of all the cyber threat this country faced is one of the most consequential to national security and our government as a whole and congress needs to be focused on and do everything possible to prevent a devastating attack against this country because of vulnerability on the cyberfront. c.i.a.'s mission on the collection front is to determine the plans and intentions of foreign governments, foreign groups, sub national groups and others. learning about the plans and intentions and developing capabilities in the cyberworld is something c.i.a. is best place to do so we have
at fort myer, virginia, and will include remarks from president obama and general martin dempsey. he said he will step down from his post once his successor is confirmed. for the time being, waiting here as secretary of state john kerry and the canadian foreign minister take the podiums. we are here at the state department waiting for secretary of state john kerry and the canadian foreign affairs minister john baird to hold their joint press conference. they have been meeting here, and talking about various issues, including the keystone xl will pipeline going from canada through the united states. got a little behind schedule. we will have more live coverage this afternoon at 3:45 as defense secretary leon panetta has a farewell ceremony attended by the president and also the joint chiefs of staff chairman, and we will bring that to you at 3 caught 45. while we wait for secretary kerry to appear, which the canadian of foreign affairs minister, we will look at a program from earlier which deals with the troubled asset relief program, and we will bring you back to this department as soon a
. what question would you ask leon panetta today and martin dempsey if you had a chance to? >> i don't think there's a big conspiracy. we didn't do what we could have. the military did not do something, they didn't fire whatever. my question would be why was there no plan? it's like if you close down your fire department and somebody calls and says my house is on fire. it would take awhile to get everybody back in there and get the fire trucks moving. on the other hand, if you had the fire department standing by, which is what we should have -- standing by -- we could have reacted. >>brian: when this book is written, you take your real life and connections and put them into novel concepts so they come out looking like real stories, one of which was syria. you put a call in to your friends and said what is going on there, i'm going to go research this. what happened? >> i try to be as current as i can. i want current events to be as realistic as i can be. current events are current, and i have a buddy of mine who is much smarter than i am on this type of stuff. i was heading over ther
, general dempsey and i hope you enjoy the california weather. >> thank you, senator. senator donnelly. >> mr. spec -- secretary, thank you for your service to this country. we are so much in your debt time after time answering the call. thank you very much. and general dempsey -- much better being a general -- thank you everything you have done for our forces and for our country. and i want to express my condolences to all the families who have suffered losses in this tragedy that we will do everything we can to make sure it never happens again. earlier in the hearing, mr. secretary, you said that it is not the department of defense's job to be 911. and so the question that struck me is, so when this happens and it happens so fast and so quick that when you respond in an hour, it may already be over by that time. are we relying on the home country to be 911? and if so, as you go through what they're providing to us, you mentioned some are not up to the quality of others at this time, but how are you making that decision that we have people in harm's way and we are relying on a host na
then takes me to the issue of cyber threat. both secretary panetta, general dempsey, and in the current role at the white house have talked about the cyber threat. you were a big help in trying to help us get this cyber legislation passed. now, tell us what you think is the role of the cia in dealing with the cyber threat but in the area of human intelligence or -- i mean with the cia. you have a unique insight into it. you know what nsa does. you know what homeland security is supposed to do. tell us where you see the cia in this. >> well, first of all, the cyber threat this country faces is one of the most insidious to our national security and one that i think our government as a whole and this body, the congress, really needs to be focused on and do everything possible to prevent a devastating attack against this country because of the vulnerabilities in the cyber front. cia's traditional mission on the collection front is to try to determine the plans and intentions of foreign governments, foreign groups, national groups, and others. learning about those plans and intentions and the dev
in the day we heard of secretary panetta and the chairman of the joint chiefs dempsey on the benghazi attack. there was a lot of meat and substance in that, as well. worthy of a lot of scrutiny. these are interesting topics and the senators take it seriously to try to find out more and brn nan would be responsible for so much of this if he does go to the cia as expected. >> thank you so much. now back to the hearings. >> there clearly were a number of things, many things, that i read in that report that were very concerning and disturbing to me and ones that i would want to look in to immediately if i were to be confirmed as cia director. talked about misimaginement of the programs. misrepresentations of the information, inaccurate information and it was damning in the language as far as the nature of activities carried out. i am eager to see the agency's response to that report. i read those 300 pages. i look forward if confirmed to reading the entire 6,000-page volume because it is of such gravity and importance. but, chairman, i do not yet have and nor has the cia finished its review of t
hill hearing. leon panetta and martin dempsey testified about the benghazi attacks attacks. he accused susan rice of lying about the attacks when she appeared on the sunday tv talk shows last september. here is part of the questioning in that hearing. >> chairman dempsey, at the time of the meeting, would you have -- how would you have characterized the attack on the compound? >> i did not know. >> it could have been either one. >> that is right. >> it could have been spontaneous were preplanned. but i have to ask the same question, would you agree that was a preplanned attack? unequivocably? >> at the time, when this was going on, we were not sure was taking place. when i later found out that you had rpgs and there was an attack, there was no question in my mind. >> my position would be they knew that at the time because i have talked to several people that have stated they knew it. unequivocably that would have been a terrorist attack. the thing i am getting to come and do you agree that it was a terrorist attack? >> when i appeared before this committee three days afterwards
panetta and joint chiefs dempsey revealed they supported a plan last year to arm carefully vetted syrian rebels but it was ultimately vetoed by the white house. some other stories in the news. in measure would strengthen the mental health care system. a bipartisan group of senators have renewed urgency after the massacre at sandy hook elementary introduce legislation yesterday aimed at strengthening the nation's fragmented mental health system and improving access at the committee level. that is from "the washington post." here is "the baltimore sun" -- lawmakers are having a mixed reaction to the post office plan to go to five-day first-class delivery. lawmakers wrestled on how to adjust the announcements. that is "the washington post." and immigration is also in the newspaper this morning. advocates are pushing republicans to support a path to citizenship. and the success of immigrant children have been measured in a new study. it says americans born to immigrant parents, many of the adults children are doing better than their parents on tempore and measures of social economic success
president obama and joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey. that is live at 3:45. secretary of state john kerry will meet the canadian prime minister. the team so -- the keystone pipeline will be in the conversation. a rock obama's decision on the $7 billion will be the test of his a nod with a promise to act on change in his second term. there will be a news conference. that will be at about 2:30. a pro forma session at 11l0:00. 2:00 for legislative work. the chamber resources -- resources at 5:30. the house takes up a bill that will continue a pay freeze for federal workforce. watch the house live here on c- span and the senate on c-span2. >> having observed a steady improvement in the well-being of our citizens, i can report to you that the state of this union is good. >> once again, in keeping with tradition, i have come to report to you on the state of the union. i am pleased to report that america is much improved. there is good reason to believe that improvements will continue for the days to come. >> my duty tonight is to report on the strength of the union. not the state of
, four armed military assets to respond. that is not just my view or gender dempsey's view. it was the view of the accountability review board that studied what happened on that day. in the months and the tragedy, at the temporary mission facility in the nearby annex in benghazi, we have learned there were actually two short duration attacks that occurred is six hours apart. again, there was no specific intelligence that indicated that a second attack would occur at the annex located two miles away. the bottom line is this -- we were not dealing with a prolonged or continuous assault which could have been brought to win end by us military response. although we had forces deployed to the region. time, distance, a lack of an adequate warning, even said moved very quickly on the ground, prevented a more immediate response. >> tonight we will show you that hearing in its entirety, beginning at 8:00 eastern on the c-span2. >> there is no prescription or role model or cookbook for being first lady. if you look back at the lives of martha washington or abigail adams or dolly madis
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